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Reviews of Blu Mediterraneo Mirto di Panarea by Acqua di Parma

Total Reviews: 19
Opens with a citrus blast that you can practically taste, not household cleaner citrus, but one that seems real and edible; a citrus salad garnished with basil.

Underneath is a neatly folded stack of freshly laundered white towels, all placed upon a table in the middle of a manicured seacoast garden. The sky is blue, the day is warm but there is a cool breeze that makes everything...comfortable.

This is good!! 9/10

27th January, 2017
I was expecting more of a blue/aqua scent but this starts off sea salty and then turns soapy clean in the drydown about an hour later, with just a little sweetness added. Nothing offensive here, pleasant throughout. Projection is just okay, getting wafts of it here and there.
02nd November, 2016
This wafts in with a very delicate mixture of basil, citrus, myrtle, a vague aquatic freshness as well as a touch of rose petal on a base of gentle woods. Unfortunately, the sum of its parts does not exceed the whole. This is the type of fragrance that you would use to spray the bottoms of a Mediterranean babies to compensate for less welcome odors.

I sprayed this about 10 times on all of the places that I dare to spray (and a few that I normally would not!) but the effect dissipates entirely before I even have time to tie my shoelaces.

Nothing to write home about, unless you live in Parma.

07th July, 2016
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Mirto di Panarea is a beachy, woody, citrus entry unlike most others in the ADP Blu line in that it is neither particularly citrus-intensive or sweet. The myrtle reminds me of the beach, as does the hint of citrus---mainly bergamot, to my nose.

It doesn't lose much intensity throughout its lifespan, so it's relatively linear and consistent. Average longevity and projection.

Interesting and distinctive, MdP nonetheless strikes me as more of a room fragrance than a personal one, especially not a masculine one, contrary to many opinions.

It falls into the category of one that needs to be smelled and not blind bought, especially given the relatively uncommon myrtle note.

6 out of 10
18th June, 2015
What a gorgeous one this is!

It is one of the freshest, most beautiful, natural smelling summer floral scents I have ever come across! I really like it and find it very nice!

It opens up with a beautiful sweet lemon accord. Not sugary sweet, just the natural sweetness of the lemon. It's coupled with a very soothing aromatic Basil note and the most wonderful rendition of sweet Myrtle flower blossom. Absolutely incredible! You can just imagine this wonderful Italian garden by the sea. I also get a hint of salty sea breeze coupled with the prominent flower blossom.

I highly recommend this if you want a very natural smelling, Mediterranean style floral fragrance. Acqua di Parma has really impressed me with this one. Try it if you get the chance!
31st May, 2014
Ahhh this fragrance is lovely, definitely one of the best of this line along with the discontinued Cipresso - there is something so wonderfully accessible about Mirto di Panarea.

It is a simple fresh citrus fragrance with a dirty green basil note added. This basil has the effect of making the scent really interesting - it turns into a sort of lovely classy creamy green grapefruit type smell, in the line of something like Miller Harris' Tangerine Vert. This is a very natural and classy smelling fragrance that is quite a step above your normal summer designer frags and aquatics. I get plenty of compliments when I wear this to work. Wonderful for wearing at work in an oxford shirt with the sleeves rolled, or at a barbecue in the summer sunshine.

As ever with this line though, longevity is middling to poor, although this is one of the better ones from the Blu range - I get 2-3 hours from this - but what a wonderful 2-3 hours it is!
21st February, 2014 (last edited: 16th May, 2014)
A citrus-burst with a HEAVENLY note of basil in the opening, this is another prime example of how Acqua di Parma can really capture the essence of the Mediterranean in it. I love the smell of basil when you touch the plant, or the taste of it over cheese and tomato on a freshly made pizza.
But like all good things, the citrus in the opening is gone in minutes and the basil follows shortly after. Those few minutes are moments you don't want to end, but alas they do. Sadly this scent doesn't last long, but the concept is really a 10/10.
09th January, 2014
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Mirto di Panarea opens with a now all too familiar combination of lemon and bergamot and other citrus with a mildly herbal undertone of basil and myrtle, and a salty accord that is relatively well-repressed. The salty citrus and its underlying herbal greens remain into the heart as the scent remains linear in its presentation throughout only slightly changing up things a bit when a base note of amber replaces the now highly dissipated citrus late. Projection is average and longevity is below average.

It is now official... after having tried three of the four samples of the Blu Mediterraneo series I am pretty well convinced this segment of the Acqua di Parma brand is not for me. Like its sister scents I find Mirto di Pannarea to be extremely uninteresting and forgettable. The bergamot and lemon has been done so many times before and quite frankly done a lot better elsewhere. It also has been done by other scents in the Blu line, come to think of it... Why do these Blu line scents all seem like the same fragrance over and over again? I do like the amber dry-down, but it is nothing earth shattering and it is quite short-lived with no projection at all by the time it appears. Mirto di Panarea is yet another disappointing release in the generally disappointing Blu line, earning another average score of 2.5 stars out of 5. Skip it, says I.
05th August, 2012
A new (less loud, leathery-animalic and angular) Antaeus's far relative (with all the respect for the far superior Chanel-giant). A sort of Paco Rabanne Paco's twin with spicy elements conjuring me vaguely Cartier Declaration as well. Aromatic, rosey and breezy. Magistrally executed this wonderful fragrance is dry, aromatic, classic and invigorating in an elegant way. A touch of marine breeze in the middle of the greens reinforces the cool-airy more than vaguely chypre vibe. The wonderful myrtle, immediately detectable in the fuss of the initial hesperidic mess, in its link with aromatic elements, rose-jasmine, patchouli and oakmoss, reminds me the great Antaeus in its classy and cool floral-aromatic feel. The combination of aromatic herbs (basil, thyme, oregano, may be mint), myrtle and red fruits is so cool, sharp and comforting with that "frozen effect" you can enjoy utterly on your body when you sojourn in ambiences endowed with air-conditioning facilities. The smell is so natural and when you spray this juice on your chest after the shower during an humid and warm day you feel immediately restored and refreshed. The mildness is minimal (rosey, cardamomish and soapy), the juice is constantly cool, aromatic-green and rosey with a cool starring note of myrtle in its link with black currant (pungent and fruity) and lemon. The lemony vibe is more notable than the minimal orangy feel under my nose. The base is mossy (a touch of labdanum?), musky and citrusy. The juice is more modern, linear and less barber-shop kind than the great Antaeus cause the note of angular bergamot is minimal and the herbs are diversely modulated in order to imprint a green kind of linear aroma. While the Antaeus's dry down is leathery, powerfully chypre and animalic (but always angular and multifaceted) the Mirto di Panarea's dry down is lighter and smoother with a sort of iodate, creamy and slightly prickly breeze. On the side of Fico di Amalfi this one is another juice to be enjoyed along the mediterranean seaside.
21st July, 2012 (last edited: 03rd February, 2018)
This one has some of the most natural smells I have experienced in any fragrance. It starts of with a very nice citrus note of orange and bergamot tempered with a slightly sharp and green note of myrtle. As it progresses there comes a slightly sweet smell of black current and rose with a couple of other floral notes. In the end a "just right" blend of amber, cedar and juniper is added to the mix and it seems a touch of musk. Very unisex and an amazing aroma for the summer months. Longevity is not amazing at about 4-5 hours for me before it becomes a skin scent, but that is acceptable for a summer fragrance. Definitely not boring as a summer scent like so many aquatics and yet there seems to be a slight sea accord in here too. This one is is not overpowering in warmer weather, just right.
28th May, 2012
Mirto di panarepma is a great fragrance rare an natural scent that i love an get lots of compliments,smells fresh fancy.
28th July, 2011
I want to say that Mirto reminds me of a far lighter version of Rive Gauche, but I don't currently have any RG with which to compare it. I can say with more certainty that Mirto is citrus, floral, and wood, and it really is a wonderfully refreshing summer fragrance. There's an aquatic quality to it without it being cliche, and maybe even some cologniness too. However, despite the wonderfulness this is a VERY weak fragrance, in both sillage and longevity. I dumped the majority of my 5 ml sample on myself, and within an hour or two there wasn't much scent to be smelled.

This is why I not only like to smell a fragrance, but give it a good, all-day wearing.
09th July, 2011
Very nice fruity and fresh... and lasts about 15 minutes (if that) before it fades to nothing.
24th April, 2011
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This is as advertised. I smell Italy the Mediterranean . This is fresh aquatic clean. There is rose and some amber. Well done. I get the feeling that I'm walking on a street in Italy on the Mediterranean and I bump into a well dressed gentleman and I smell his freshly laundered shirt with a hint of the Acqua di Parma colonia he is wearing. Very nice.
03rd September, 2010
Another citrus summer scent?
Yes, but not a usual one!
It starts with a beautiful green in a citrus accord. Very fresh and not too pungent.
The middle notes are only weakly floral and dominated by the blackcurrant leaves and the myrtle.
They give it a spicy-fresh base.
One could consider it as a unisex scent, although I would say it better suits a woman than a man.
It's a very uncomplicated scent and the ingredients seem to be of very good quality and of natural origin.
Use it as an aromatherapy if you are in a bad mood, it will blow your depression away!

Unfortunately there is one big point of criticism:
MdP has a very poor longelivety. It's not a "whole-day" scent. Perhaps you can apply it for a 2-3 hours trip, or
you take the bottle with you and apply it every 3 hours. It's definitely too short for a middle-price fragrance.
What a pity!
27th July, 2009
I truly liked this one as well. The opening isn't unique, but the transition to the floral side of the fragrance makes it stand out. I too got hints of jasmine and rose. The juniper does indeed add some bite to it and I'm a sucker for juniper. Couldn't really pick out the major components in the base, but if I could make and educated guess, it would probably be a cedar base, because it usually goes well with a citrus/floral opening. Great fragrance from the Blu Mediterraneo line that is put down too often.
28th June, 2009
For me, the Blu Mediterraneo line has been an unmitigated failure. Despite valiant attempts to inject fresh and original concepts into the Acqua di Parma brand, one has to back them up with products that fulfill their brief. Mirto is subtle in construction and it takes a decidedly cautious approach to the opening, its take on the citrus accord was excessively muted and lacking in bite. The introduction of the floral heart notes do little to enliven matters, and one is left with the feeling that this was cobbled together, a result of some random experiment in blending ingredients. Looking at the pyramid, the architecture should have provided something fresh, engaging and enchanting, but instead one is subjected to something bland, trite and mediocre. The only saving grace was that it suffered from the same brevity issue as all the other Mediterraneo fragrances.
24th May, 2009
All I really have to offer is wow! This stuff is great, Purchased last year at Nordstroms
along with Assoluta, I must say this is one heck of a fresh scent, I wear this to work and receive compliments like crazy, I have half a bottle left and already I want a back up! You will not be dissapointed in this colonge BUY NOW!
03rd March, 2009 (last edited: 26th June, 2009)
Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Mirto di Panarea

The Acqua di Parma Colonias are all three quite nice takes on the citrus-forward scents and I like them all. The Blu Mediterraneo line has been less successful on me and its my respect for the Colonias that keeps me trying these as they come out. I liked this one more on the strip than any of the others and so I had hope this would be better. I was not disappointed as right from the top I got a nice tight composition of orange, lemon and bergamot. What is nice about this is that each note is present and accounted for. This combination is the beginning of hundreds of citrus fragrances but when it is done right you are reminded why it is such a successful top and it is done right here. This then blends into a very subtle floral heart with jasmine and hints of rose mixed with a juniper note that adds some bite. A heavier hand would have obliterated the top of this but here this is like walking from the citrus groves into the flower garden on a spring day. The base is also subdued, cedar combined with a very light amber. For me, this is another well-done scent from Acqua di Parma which can easily be placed next to the Colonias without embarassment.
28th February, 2009